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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:42 pm    Post subject: Devils Claw  Reply with quote

My pony has PPID, EMS and SPRAO. She is on Prascend and Metformin and also a breathing supplement. She has now been diagnosed with arthritis and is currently on one Bute a day under the vets supervision.

Can a pony with these conditions have Devils Claw for the arthritis?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, as far as I am aware, Devil's Claw can be used for horses with PPID and EMS, and I'm not aware of any reason why it shouldn't be used if a horse has RAO, although this isn't my area.  Bute has many side effects - see Phenylbutazone -

These are Dr Eleanor Kellon's suggestions for joint supplements:
The first line for joint supplementation should always be naturally occurring nutrients - glucosamine (but not if a horse has uncontrolled insulin resistance), chondroitin sulphate and/or hyaluronic acid - these tend to be reduced in older horses/horses with arthritis, so supplementing them may help restore "natural" levels.

In addition, the diet must provide all essential nutrients, especially good levels of zinc, copper, magnesium, vit E and vit C and omega 3, the horse must not be overweight, the feet must be perfectly balanced, and as long as the feet are stable, the horse should be lightly exercised.

If there is no improvement after using any/all of these for 2-4 weeks, then something with anti-inflammatory properties could be added, e.g. Mov-Ease (from, Devil's claw, MSM, microlactin, turmeric, meadowsweet, white willow, boswellia, jiaogulan.
(When using any herb/substance with active ingredients you should check with your vet first as there may be contra-indications).

There is very little evidence that Metformin is helpful for horses that are on a low sugar/starch diet - see

If the PPID is driving her EMS, then you need to ensure the PPID is controlled with Prascend.  

If she had EMS before PPID (which is common, even if not diagnosed), and she is at all overweight, then you need to address her diet, weight loss and exercise if she doesn't have laminitis, to control and eliminate the EMS.  

More information about EMS and PPID here:

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